FUNDING & REBATES

Medicare

Bloom Lifespan Therapy Services is registered with Medicare and each of our Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists have their own Medicare Provider number.  This means that clients eligible under Medicare’s ‘Chronic Disease Management’ program (previously the Medicare Enhanced Care Program) may receive a rebate for their Bloom speech pathology/occupational therapy services.

Please contact your GP to discuss whether you, your child or loved one may be eligible.

If you have any questions about the Medicare rebate system, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)

Bloom Lifespan Therapy Services is a registered provider with the Department of Veteran Affairs and can provide communication and swallowing assessment and intervention services to veterans who have a valid referral from their G.P.

Private Health Fund Rebates

Bloom Lifespan Therapy Services is registered with most of the major private health funds.  We ask that you please contact your health fund to see if your level of cover entitles you to a rebate for speech pathology & occupational therapy services prior to your appointment with us.

Helping Children With Autism

The Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) package is an Australian Government initiative providing support for children aged 0 – 6 years with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their families and carers.

Funding of up to $12,000 is available to children aged 0-6 years diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Children must be Australian citizens or Permanent Residents of Australia, and families must apply for the funding before their child’s sixth birthday. Families then have until the child turns 7 to access the funding.

The initiative includes the following components:

  • Medicare items for the development of a treatment and management plan for eligible children under the age of 13.
  • Funding for early intervention services and treatments for eligible children under the age of six years.
  • Medicare items for up to 4 allied health diagnostic services and for 20 relevant allied health services (in total) for eligible children up to the age of 15 (provided the treatment and management plan is in place before the age of 13).

Parents or carers of eligible children will need to register their child for the HCWA early intervention funding before the child turns six years of age. To register a child for the Helping children with Autism early intervention funding parents and carers must call the Autism Adviser on 1800 428 847 or (07) 3273 0000.

Better Start for Children with a Disability Initiative

The Better Start for Children with a Disability Initiative is to provide children 0-6 years with developmental disabilities to access funding for up to $12,000 for early intervention services.

Eligible children diagnosed with Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, or a moderate or greater vision or hearing impairment, including deaf-blindness, will have access to funding and new Medicare items under the Better Start for Children with Disability Initiative.

Children with an eligible diagnosis must be registered for Better Start before they turn 6. A child will have until they turn 7 to access funding.

The Initiative includes the following components:

  • Funding for early intervention services and treatments for eligible children under the age of 6.
  • Medicare items for the development of a treatment and management plan for eligible children under the age of 13.
  • Medicare items for up to four allied health diagnostic services and for 20 relevant allied health services (in total) for eligible children up to the age of 15 (provided the treatment and management plan is in place before the age of 13).

Parents or carers of eligible children will need to register their child for the Better Start early intervention funding before the child turns six years of age. Registration of eligible children is managed by the Registration and Information Service (RIS), which is operated by Carers Australia.

To register a child for the Better Start early intervention funding parents and carers must call the RIS on 1800 242 636.